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Last week the US Senate passed an important resolution condemning anti-Semitism and should be saluted! The resolution did not however call out anti-Zionism or BDS. Read this recent report to the UN by the president of the Louis Brandeis Center explaining “Zionism has been for thousands of years, a fundamental component of Jewish religious identity” and “Anti-Semitism today is expressed not only as a hatred of Jews, but also as opposition to the existence of a Jewish state.” Please let us know your reaction to this important issue in week two of our poll below.
DID THE SENATE RESOLUTION DENOUNCING ANTI-SEMITISM MISS AN OPPORTUNITY BY NOT INCLUDING REFERENCES TO BDS AND ANTI-ZIONISM?
1. After 9 months, Reddit finally bans group spreading thinly veiled anti-Semitism
By Billy Johnson
After allowing it to flourish for nine months, Reddit has banned an internet community of 60,364 subscribers associated with the online neo-Nazi movement. One post featured a cartoon clown figure alongside an image of ovens used by the Nazis in the Holocaust, with commentary stating: “Silly Clown! There’s no way you can bake 6 million pies in those ovens!” Read Here.
2. CORY BOOKER WILL NOT STOP MEETING WITH LOUIS FARRAKHAN
By Marcy Oster
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, said in Columbia, South Carolina that he would continue to meet with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a notorious anti-Semite. Read Here.
3. Charlottesville killer blames Jewish grandfather, asks for mercy
The self-avowed white supremacist who plowed his car into counterdemonstrators opposing a white nationalist rally in Virginia two years ago, killing one person and injuring dozens, has asked a judge for mercy and a sentence shorter than life in prison citing that he was raised by a paraplegic single mother and suffered “trauma” by growing up knowing that his Jewish grandfather had murdered his grandmother before committing suicide. Read Here.
4. US interfaith leaders gather at FBI HQ to beef up security for houses of worship
By Ron Kampeas
The FBI convened a round table meeting of leaders of Muslim, Jewish and Christian groups to discuss means of preventing bias-based attacks on religious institutions. Read Here.
5. Yad Vashem tells Democrat to get educated after concentration camp comment
Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust museum, advised Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to “learn about concentration camps,” after the freshman congresswoman used the term to refer to migrant detention centers. Read Here.
6. Activist priest Michael Pfleger says Yo-Yo Ma bailed on concert over Farrakhan speech
By Michael Sneed
The St. Sabina Church drew criticism from members of the Jewish community after it invited Louis Farrakhan to speak. Renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma withdrew participation in the third annual St. Sabina Concert for Peace which was then cancelled. Read Here.
7. Trump’s UN pick vows to fight anti-Israel bias, anti-Semitism
Nearly four months after being nominated, Kelly Craft— President Donald Trump’s pick to replace Nikki Haley as U.S. Ambassador to the UN—vowed on Wednesday to fight the international body’s anti-Israel bias, in addition to calling out anti-Semitism. Read Here.
8. MARTIN SHORT, ON FIRST ISRAEL VISIT, STANDS AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM
By Felice Friedson/The Media Line
In Israel to emcee the bestowal of the Genesis Prize to Robert Kraft, actor, writer, and comedian Martin Short spoke about his art, comedy and the rise of anti-Semitism. “I think tragically anti-Semitism is not on the decline, especially in Europe it’s on the rise and so this must be continuously fought…” Read Here.
Israel and the Rest of the World
1. IN-DEPTH: THIS WEEK’S NEWS ON ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE UK
Neo-Nazi teens who intended to target Jews are jailed
By Jewish News Reporter
Jewish security bosses have welcomed the jailing of two neo-Nazis teenagers from St. Albans and Leeds who displayed a “violent mindset” after a court heard how their intended targets included Jews. Read Here.
‘Disgusting’: Labour fury over return of Chris Williamson
By Jessica Elgot
Labour MPs have expressed fury at Chris Williamson’s re-admission to the party after having been suspended for suggesting the party had been “too apologetic” about anti-Semitism. Labour’s Ruth Smeeth called the decision “disgusting…It says a great deal about how seriously we’re taking anti-Jewish hate.” Read Here.
Labour MP risks fresh anti-Semitism storm by inviting top figure from Houthi movement to Parliament
By Tom Newton Dunn
Brighton MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle is hosting Ahmed Alshami, a prominent spokesman and an economist for the Houthis. The Iran-backed Houthis’ slogan is, “God is great, death to the US, death to Israel, curse the Jews, and victory for Islam”. MP John Woodcock, who resigned from Labour last year in protest at the party’s anti-Semitism dubbed it “staggering that a Labour MP is welcoming this virulently anti-Semitic terror group into parliament”. Read Here.
Board of Deputies letter to BBC demands apology over imam coverage
By Jewish News Reporter
The Board of Deputies has written to the BBC to demand an apology over the broadcaster’s coverage of comments made by the imam Abdullah Patel. The letter complained of their use of “anti-Israel” instead of “anti-Semitic”. Read Here.
Tonge blames Israel for Jew-hate during debate on anti-Semitism
By Daniel Sugarman
Baroness Tonge, a former Liberal Democrat MP, told a Lords debate on anti-Semitism that Israel’s actions were to blame for the rise in Jew-hate. Read Here.
Theresa May: ‘My support for the community will continue in the years to come’
By Jewish News Reporter
Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will remain a friend and ally of the Jewish community as the race to succeed her heated up. Read Here.
RABBI SACKS: RISE IN ANTI-SEMITISM TODAY SIMILAR TO HOLOCAUST-ERA
By Tamar Beeri
Britain’s former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks describes the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe today as being similar to that of Holocaust-era Europe. “That is where we are today,” he emphasized. “Within living memory of the Holocaust, anti-Semitism has returned exactly as it did in the 19th century, just when people had begun to feel that they had finally vanquished the hatreds of the past.” Read Here.
Earlier today, I spoke in a @UKHouseofLords debate on worldwide #antisemitism. Here is a video of my remarks in which I argued that a society, or a political party, that tolerates antisemitism or any form of hate, has forfeited all moral credibility. pic.twitter.com/gkZgWn6i8Q— Rabbi Sacks (@rabbisacks) June 20, 2019
2. IN-DEPTH: THIS WEEK’S NEWS ON ANTI-SEMITISM IN GERMANY
BERLIN KIPPAH WARNING 2, JEWS ‘ATTACKED OVER AND OVER’ FOR WEARING IT
By Jerusalem Post Staff
Berlin’s anti-Semitism commissioner Lorenz Kogel repeated his warning that it is unsafe for Jewish people to wear a kippah in public as they would experience “attacks in public over and over again.” He argued that in some Arab states “anti-Semitism is part of the state doctrine” and ergo it is not surprising “people “carry anti-Semitism with them when they come to Europe.” Read Here.
Merkel says neo-Nazis must be tackled “without taboos”
Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany must resist neo-Nazis “without any taboos” following the killing of a local politician by a suspected right-wing extremist. ” Read Here.
Rabbi and Jewish leader spit on outside Hamburg City Hall
A Hamburg rabbi and a Jewish leader were spit on and accosted during an anti-Semitic incident on the street. A 45-year-old man of Moroccan background was arrested following a struggle. Read Here.
GERMAN LOCALS PURCHASE TOWN’S ENTIRE BEER SUPPLY AHEAD OF FAR-RIGHT MUSIC FESTIVAL: ‘WE WANTED TO DRY THE NAZIS OUT’
By Ewan Palmer
Hundreds of neo-Nazis who descended upon a German town for a far-right music festival were prevented from drinking alcohol thanks to a court-imposed ban and the actions of angry residents. Read Here.
AGAINST THE CURRENT: GERMANY’S IRANIAN-BORN MP ON THE FRONT LINES FOR ISRAEL AND JEWISH LIFE IN GERMANY
By Benjamin Weinthal
Iranian-born champion of the Jewish state, Bijan Djir-Sarai is resisting the tendencies to accommodate anti-Israel attitudes and regulations in Germany. Read Here.
Podcast: Hezbollah’s Activities in Germany
By AJC Passport
Dr. Remko Leemhuis, Assistant Director for Policy and Public Affairs at AJC’s Berlin Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations, discusses Hezbollah’s nefarious activities in Germany and the urgent need to designate the Iranian proxy in its entirety as a terrorist organization. Read Here.
3. WATCH: Mega Neo-Nazi concert taking place in Ukraine
By World Israel News
4. Largest anti-BDS conference to date probes minds and methodologies
By Eliana Rudee
Marking the largest international anti-BDS conference in the world, the Annual Global Coalition 4 Israel (GC4I) Forum and the Legal Network Initiative (LNI) were held in parallel in Jerusalem from June 18-20. The conference was established to combat the BDS movement, anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and ongoing attempts to delegitimize the State of Israel. Initiated by Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs, the meeting hosted 350 pro-Israel and Jewish leaders and activists from 40 countries, with the goal of strengthening the global pro-Israel advocacy network. Read Here.
5. Jewish cemeteries desecrated in South Africa
By Stuart Winer
Graves were vandalized in a South African Jewish cemetery over the weekend, prompting calls from global Jewish organizations for authorities to increase their vigilance against anti-Semitism. Four graves were reportedly damaged at the cemetery in the town of Strand. Read Here.
6. IRAQI CLERIC ABD AL-SALAM ZAIN AL-ABIDIN: THE QURAN FOCUSES ON THE JEWS SO MUCH BECAUSE THEY ARE OUR SWORN ENEMY WITH WHOM WE CAN NEVER MAKE PEACE
By Middle East Media Research Institute
Iraqi cleric Abd Al-Salam Zain Al-Abidin said in a June 16, 2019 broadcast on Al-Naeem TV (Iraq) that the Quran focuses on the Jews as much as it does because they are the “sworn enemy” of the Muslims. He explained that this always has and will always be true, and that the Quran discusses the Jews so that Muslims can understand their enemy’s mentality and so that Muslims know that the Jews are a permanent and “recalcitrant” enemy… Read Here.
7. Headstone smashed at Jewish cemetery in Estonia
Several headstones were knocked over and a dog was let loose at a Jewish cemetery in Tallinn, Estonia. Read Here.
8. EUROPEAN COMMISSION HOLDS FIRST-EVER WORKING GROUP ON ANTI-SEMITISM
By Jerusalem Post Staff
As Europe grapples with a rising tide of anti-Semitism, the European Commission held its first-ever “working group” on the matter Thursday. The meeting, which convened almost 100 representatives of Jewish communities, EU Member States and international organizations, spent a full day discussing security, including risk assessments, building trust and physical protections. Read Here.
1. North Carolina universities to be probed over ‘anti-Israel’ Gaza conference
By TOI STaff
The US Department of Education will investigate a Middle East conference on Gaza co-sponsored by two North Carolina universities over allegations that it was biased against Israel. Rep. George Holding (R, NC), called on the department to check into the late March conference co-sponsored by Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Read Here.
Watch Ami Horowitz’s video coverage of the conference below to witness the anti-Semitism that took place:
2. New ‘Brave’ approach to combating anti-Semitism on college campuses
By SHIRYN GHERMEZIAN
A new project called “Brave” is bringing together veterans of the Israel Defense Forces and the U.S. military with Jewish students to share stories, learn about the Jewish state, stand up against hatred and combat anti-Semitism on campus. Read Here.
3. NGO LOOKS TO COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM THROUGH ACADEMIA
By Paul Lungen
The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP), a New York-based non-profit organization, is supporting professors and lecturers who will offer dedicated courses in the study of anti-Semitism. Read Here.
Anti-Semitism has been perpetrated over the centuries. Today, we are seeing age-old anti-Semitic stereotypes being recycled as well as new forms of anti-Semitism. In order to effectively combat anti-Semitism, it is important to understand, define and highlight all its manifestations and ideologies.
1. Podcast: Annika Hernroth-Rothstein on the Miracle of Jewish Continuity
By Tikvah Fund
What are the survival strategies, built up over centuries, that allowed far-flung Diaspora communities to endure? In researching her forthcoming book, Exile: Portraits of the Jewish Diaspora, Swedish-born journalist Annika Hernroth-Rothstein visited communities from Iran to Tunisia, Uzbekistan to Siberia, Cuba to Venezuela, to profile Jewish life in small communities around the world. And what she learned about the miracle of Jewish continuity is sure to fascinate and inspire you. Jewish life is not assumed or taken for granted in these countries. Is there a lesson for American Jews in her stories? Listen Here.
2. AN ABANDONED WEAPON IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HATE SPEECH
By James Loeffler
“…After the violent weekend [in Charlottesville] that led to one death and multiple casualties, UVA lawyers unearthed a decades-old state law still on the books that banned the burning of objects on private or public property “with the intent of intimidating any person or group of persons. The legal means to prevent this racist and anti-Semitic menace without violating the first amendment had existed. No one had remembered to look for it… Read Here.
3. Jews need a unified voice against anti-Semitism in America
By Bryan E. Leib
The monsters that come to kill us and draw swastikas on our playgrounds, schools and community centers have a unified approach, but we as Jews don’t have a unified message against anti-Semitism. That needs to change. Read Here.
4. DEBORAH LIPSTADT: ANTI-SEMITISM IS LIKE HERPES, IT NEVER GOES AWAY
By ILANIT CHERNICK
“After the Holocaust, it was so politically incorrect to have anti-Semitic views, so it went underground a bit, but it never went away,” she said. “But there is no difference between anti-Semitism then and now. It’s been around for thousands of years.” Read Here.
5. Jews in Arab countries suffered unbearable discrimination. Why do our stories remain untold?
By Miriam Shepher
“I am just one of 850,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran who left, fled or were expelled from the countries where they had lived, in many cases, since the Babylonian period.” Read Here.
6. Louis D. Brandeis Center Brief of Amicus Curiae in Arkansas Times v. Waldrip
By Louis D. Brandeis Center
Our partner organization, The Louis D. Brandeis Center, has filed a brief of Amicus Curiae In the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit providing a legal analysis for why the court should uphold the decision of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, in which the court states that pursuant to state law, government contractors such as the Arkansas Times cannot engage in discriminatory boycotts against Israel as such a boycott would discriminate against individuals based on their national origin. Read the full brief here.
Studies and Statistics
1. POLL: Domestic Issues Dominate The Priorities Of The Jewish Electorate
By Jewish Electoral Institute
Domestic issues dominate the policy priorities of the Jewish community as they determine which candidate to support in the 2020 election, as opposed to issues related to Israel, which remains the lowest policy priority of Jewish voters.
This past week IMPACT-se CEO Marcus Sheff was in Washington, DC to support the Peace and Tolerance in Palestinian Education Act (H.R.2343) on Capitol Hill. In a special session with Congressman Brad Sherman hosted by our partner Hadassah, Marcus Sheff educated members of Congress and their staffers about the new radical Palestinian Authority curriculum and how it indoctrinates 1.3 million students with intolerance as well as anti-Semitism. The Peace and Tolerance in Palestinian Education Act (H.R.2343) is a bi-partisan bill co-sponsored by Congressmen Brad Sherman (D-CA) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY). Marcus Sheff sat down with CAS for an interview to talk in more detail about the issue of intolerant education in the Middle East. Watch the video below of the session on Capitol Hill and our exclusive sit-down with IMPACT-se to learn more about their important work and H.R. 2343.
IMPACT-se (Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education) is a research, policy and advocacy organization that monitors and analyzes education. It employs international standards on peace and tolerance as derived from UNESCO declarations and resolutions to determine compliance and to advocate for change when necessary. A pioneer in the field of textbook analysis, IMPACT presents a clear picture of how different nations educate their children in relation to religion, societies, cultures, democratic values and the Other. It is dedicated to peacemaking between peoples and nations by encouraging acceptance of others and rejection of violent conflict. Our aim is to prevent radicalization of children and youth as the most vulnerable members of society. We believe that children should be nurtured and prepared for futures of hope, success and happiness while taught to embrace mutual respect and acceptance of others who may differ in various ways from themselves.
Learn more about IMPACT-se here.
SPECIAL ENVOY TO MONITOR & COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM UPDATE
This section also highlights the work of government officials around the world that are combating anti-Semitism in their official capacities.
1. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo elevates the Office of the Special Envoy to Combat & Monitor Anti-Semitism at the Release of the 2018 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom
By State Department
“I’m pleased to announce that, here at the State Department, we’re elevating the Office of International Religious Freedom, along with the Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, within our organization.
Watch the Secretary’s remarks below:
2. US anti-Semitism envoy slams lawmaker for comparing border patrol to concentration camps
By i24News & Israel Hayom Staff
Elan Carr is working with European leaders to fight against anti-Semitism while also moving to change educational material in Arab countries. Addressing the ayatollah regime in Iran, Carr said he hoped to see “a united front against Iranian mischief –its violence, its destabilization and its doctrinal anti-Semitism.” Carr also spoke out against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent remarks in which she compared the detention of migrants into the US to the running of concentration camps.
watch his remarks below:
3. AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH DR. FELIX KLEIN
By Orit Arfa
In 2018, Dr. Felix Klein jumped at the chance to take on Germany’s new position of Federal Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism. Contrary to what his last name and position may suggest, Klein was raised in a Protestant household in Darmstadt by a German, Romanian-born father and German-born mother. Klein recalls growing up with Jewish classmates, and his best friend in college was a Canadian Jew. Read further to learn about the actions taken by Dr. Klein in the fight to combat anti-Semitism in Germany. Read more.
4. EU Coordinator for combating anti-Semitism Katharina von Schnurbein on policies to fight anti-Semitism
By World Jewish Congress
“It’s important that whatever we do with regards to policy initiatives happens in close cooperation with Jewish communities; to listen to their concerns and also to their ideas.” Watch Katharina von Schnurbein’s remarks below.
5. Special Envoy Elan Carr speaks out against the anti-Semitic slurs of the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Watch as Special Envoy Carr discusses State Department strategy below.
I asked @USEAntiSemitism Elan Carr on Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad antisemitic remarks from this week: “This is not acceptable. Our administration is focused on the fight against antisemitism” pic.twitter.com/UtNXfC7Rrb— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) June 19, 2019
6. At UN session on anti-Semitism, Israeli ambassador calls to name special envoy
By Stuart Winer
The United Nations General Assembly held a session on combating anti-Semitism and other forms of racism. The meeting was organized by Israel’s envoy to the UN Danny Danon. Danon called on the UN to “declare war on anti-Semitism” and urged measures such as appointing a special UN envoy for countering anti-Semitism. Read Here.
This section highlights the good deeds of Jews and others working to combat anti-Semitism in their communities.
1. HOENLEIN: UNESCO HAS DISTORTED THE HISTORY OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE
By SHAKED KARABELNICOFF
Over the past two years, UNESCO has been washing away evidence of Jewish history in Israel, according to Malcolm Hoenlein, CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. “Why would they engage in a counterproductive and deceptive process over two years to deny 3,800 years of Jewish history and 2,000 years of Christian history?” referring to the UNESCO resolution that only used the Arabic name Haram al-Sharif to refer to the Temple Mount. Hoenlein called this the ultimate act of anti-Semitism. Read Here.
2. Patriots owner Kraft pledges $20 million to battle anti-Semitism, BDS
By Aron Heller
The owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft, accepted Israel’s prestigious Genesis Prize and pledged $20 million to establish a foundation dedicated to combating anti-Semitism and the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel. Kraft vowed that his new foundation would seek to tackle the rising tide of anti-Semitic vitriol online. Read Here.
3. Philanthropists donate £3.1m to keep Jews safe in Malmo, Sweden
Two philanthropists donated $4 million to security for Jews in Malmo, Sweden. Lennart Blecher, who is Jewish, and Dan Olofsson, who is not, decided to donate the sum to “instill some hope in the Jewish population, so they feel that even if the politicians do not want to do something, there are people who are prepared to stand up for them.” The donation came amid preparations for an international conference on fighting anti-Semitism planned by the government in Malmo. Read Here.
This section highlights opportunities for you to get involved in combating anti-Semitism. Read the content below to learn more.
1. Learn More About H.R. 2343
By Combat Anti-Semitism
This week we ask you to take action by educating yourselves on the Peace and Tolerance in Palestinian Education Act in order to help prevent the spread of anti-Semitism into another generation of impressionable young minds. Help us raise awareness about the issue by sharing the bill and IMPACT-se’s research on the topic within your community.
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